Facebook recently debuted a number of updates that add a lot of functionality, but these features also made the service more confusing for some users. The biggest and most visible change is Timeline, a chronological representation of your life via every post that has ever existed on Facebook. There’s also Ticker (a scrolling real-time feed of friends’ activities), Open Graph apps (which let you add app activity to the Ticker sans the annoying dialogue box), and new ways to discover and share with your friends.
Fortunately, some innovative (and frustrated) members of the community have built Facebook customizers—extensions and user scripts that work with web browsers—to help you tweak the settings to your liking. Of these, Social Fixer is the one you should consider using.
A browser extension that works with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera, Social Fixer is the most robust Facebook customizer available today. With more than 75 ways to customize your profile, you can streamline your Facebook to get a more familiar look so you know just where everything sits. The options to help you accomplish this are wide-ranging: Social Fixer lets you add tabs to your news feed for apps and status updates, skin your profile, filter posts, tweak the left navigation bar, get pinged when someone unfriends you, and more. It’s completely free and available at socialfixer.com
One of the newer Facebook features that you may not utilize fully right now is Lists. First announced back in September, Lists was Facebook’s answer to Google+ Circles. But while it takes time and effort to organize Google+ contacts into intersecting circles, Facebook makes it much easier by automating the entire process. Smart Lists slurp information from user profiles to classify your friends into three categories: coworkers, classmates, and people who live within a 50-mile radius of your current location.
You can create and edit lists manually as well. Just navigate to your News Feed, look to the left-hand column, hover over the title called Lists, and click on More. From here, you can create a new List or click on the pencil icon beside each label to drill down to the particular one you want to edit. Select the drop-down button on the upper right-hand corner, Manage List, and choose from options to add or remove friends. When you’re in a list, you can pick out which types of update types you want to see from these friends, or post something viewable to just that group.
The last thing you can do to get your Facebook to a manageable state is to remove a few people from your roster of pals. No, we don’t suggest going on a ban hammering spree and obliterating all the college and work acquaintances you’ve accrued. But it seems like everyone has at least a handful of contacts that they’ve approved—only to realize that they never really talk to these people and aren’t sure they even know them. Here are the literal steps to unfriend someone.